At the BPD (Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors) Conference a couple of week ago, Professor Nancy Udolph attended "Mass Violence and Social Work Education," a panel session designed to delve into the issues related to teaching about mass violence.
"As Social Workers, our responses to social injustice and mass violence are often tempered by the positions we hold and the communities we serve," reads the description of the session. "However, as educators, we are challenged to explore theses issues as they occur in society and prepare students for the populations that they will serve."
Professor Udolph adds, "as Social Work educators, we really have to begin to include content that helps students understand the impact that violence has - on themselves and on their clients. A very effective way of accomplishing this is to approach teaching from a trauma-informed care perspective, which calls for practitioners to understand effects of all types of trauma."
Professor Udolph is an Associate Professor and Field Director for AU's Social Work Program. In the fall, she led a workshop on how to create trauma-informed organizations and communities in an effort to avoid re-traumatizing survivors at the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Ohio Chapter Annual Conference.